Costumes, Casinos, and a Cause – “Photo Booth” @ Raising the Stakes for Noble of Indiana

Fundraising events are necessary for any philanthropic/non profit organization.   The more engaging the event, the better.   Last week I was asked to provide my photography skills for Noble of Indiana, and organization that “creates opportunities and provides learning disability services for the developmentally disabled to live meaningful lives in Indiana.”

“Raising the Stakes” is an annual event with a casino feel filled with a variety of staple casino games, and also includes a classy dinner and multiple raffles/auctions.   This year they added a “Photo Booth” where people could let loose and wear a variety of ridiculous costume items.   My job was to snap the photos, of course.

I’ve done the “Photo Booth” at several events around Indianapolis and I am continually surprised at how excited people get to pose for these pictures.   It’s a great addition to any event, raising the energy level and enthusiasm of everyone present.

I’ve provided a link  to the pictures on my Facebook business page below.  Take a quick look…I’m sure you’ll have a couple laughs.  Congrats to Noble of Indiana on a successful event.

“Photo Booth” @ Raising the Stakes for Noble of Indiana

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45 Impressive Typography Designs

If you read blog from time to time you know that I am a fan of typography.  As I was perusing the web today I came across this list of typography design, inspirational in nature.

Actually it was the above image from Popular Mechanics that caught my eye.   It’s a magazine my father subscribes to, and I remember reading that exact issue last time I was visiting at home.   So I had to click on the link of course.   The list is courtesy of InspirationFeed.com (@Inspirationf)

Take a look for yourself.
45 Remarkable Examples Of Typography Design #9 | inspirationfeed.com.

Social Media History via One Giant Infographic

Who wants to simply read something when it can be presented in a much more visual fashion.   I believe we are becoming an increasingly visual culture, relying on the image more than the text to convey a message.   However, I also believe the happy medium between the two forms of communication is the infographic.

To prove my point, take a look at this infographic from Brand Flakes (@brandflakesblog).  It’s a visual representation of the history of our social media world from 1971 to today…yes it goes back that far.  The topic is presented in a way that is visually pleasing while still very informative.

What do you think?

brandflakesforbreakfast: social media history in one giant info-graphic.

Design Resume – More than a Word Doc


Back in 2007, a couple years after graduating college, and before I ventured into the world of design all on my own, I would scour the internet and job boards for hours on end looking for work.   What is the one item every potential employee is supposed to have…the all encompassing “get to know me in one page before ever meeting me” resume.

My resume was a Word doc masterpiece.  After 7,000 revisions and edits…or so it felt like…every well crafted word I beleived represented my best qualities to a total stranger that I often times would never meet.  But being a designer, I came to learn that I needed more that a piece of paper to “stand out”.  My resume had to be much more visual.

That’s why I found this resume from fellow designer, Ashley Spencer, so very interesting.   Her “Info-Graphic Map of Me” is a great take on the tired resume.

The question is, would it make you as employer take notice or just toss it aside.   Take a look and decide for yourself.

Curriculum Vitae / Resume on Behance.

Enjoy!

Designing for Print in a Social Media World

Everyone is using social media…it’s a staple for any start up especially.  So much of what I do for clients lives online…Facebook, Twitter, eBlasts, Web banners. Ads….not to mention gB after gB of photos.

Even with all the digital work out there, people still need to print things.  From the conversations I have with clients, a misconception is taking shape…that designing images for print is the same as designing images for the web.

Don’t get me wrong, designing imagery for the web is no simple task.  Dimensions, formats, pixels, file size, images matching across multiple platforms, …it can be a challenge.  But designing for print carries it’s own challenges and risks.  If you aren’t careful you can end up costing you and your client a lot of time and money…not to mention resources.  (You can Ctrl + Z a mistake of a digital design with relative ease….but Ctrl + Z a mistake after a print run of 10,000 pieces is a little tougher)

That’s why I found this write up from Creative Bloq (@CreativeBloq) so helpful…and yes I do mess up from time to time.

“10 questions you should always ask your printer” is a helpful guide to keep even the most experienced designers from making a rookie mistake when working with a print house.

Print media and Social Media aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon.  It’s important as designers that we stay sharp on the fundamentals for both.

10 questions you should always ask your printer | Creative Bloq.

Game of Thrones Sportswear: Which House are You?

I have yet to read the “Game of Thrones” collection.  However, I am one of the biggest fans of the HBO series.  So naturally I think that these custom design t-shirts are amazing.  The designer, who goes by the name  Vanadium, created a line of “sports” themed shirts depicting the nine houses of the George R.R. Martin series.  

The shirts are reminiscent of a post I wrote earlier in the year regarding modern takes on old movie posters.  Vanadium has done an exceptional job transforming the houses from Game of Thrones into believable logos for sports team…or at least an intramural kick ball league….hmm..

These designs (and many others) are available for purchase at Society6 

If you are looking for a Night’s Watch, I’m sorry to inform you that you are out of luck.  Perhaps in a few months they will have a line of long sleeve tees and jackets, because after all…Winter is Coming (yes…bad joke I know)

A big thanks to Wired Design for revealing this little gem for me.  They always have great articles, highlighting truly creative minds doing astounding things.  I’m rarely if ever disappointed.  Game of Thrones Sportswear | Wired Design 

Remarkable Graphic Design from the World of Beer: Oh Beautiful Beer

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I admit it.  I’ve bought beer strictly based on the label.  Guilty as charged.  Running into the store with a limited amount of time, looking for the first thing to catch my eye…that’s my plan.

But who hasn’t?

It’s all about marketing really.  As a graphic designer much of my time is spent in promoting a brand or entity.  Print, web, logos, social media, event fliers…it’s all about catching the audiences attention, and engaging them enough to want what I’m presenting.  So it should come as no surprise when I say I “window shop” for beer from time to time.  If I like the label, I’ll probably like what’s inside.

Now to the point of this post.  Oh Beautiful Beer.  Oh Beautiful Beer is a site that “celebrates remarkable graphic design from the world of beer”, a site showcasing the creative energy that goes into marketing beer, and the amazing designs that result.  It’s a work of art on a six-pack!  I’m a huge fan and I think you will be too.

Here is their site
Oh Beautiful Beer.

Check em out on Facebook
www.facebook.com/ohbeautifulbeer

And follow them on Twitter @ohbeautifulbeer
twitter.com/ohbeautifulbeer

Enjoy!

Camden Town Brewery

Bogus Brewing Hard Guy Label